2017  
     
 

The Merry Maidens

 
   
   
   
     
             
 

The Merry Maidens series is inspired by a neolithic stone circle on the road to Lands End in Cornwall which is said to represent 19 maidens who were turned to stone as a punishment for dancing on a Sunday.

The story of these women made me think about how, throughout the history of visual culture, beautiful women have so often been stilled and in effect or reality turned to stone (the iconic images of early Hollywood stars with their chiriscura lighting for instance). These frozen images of women are less troublesome than real women - they have been silenced and made into unreal ideals.

I have used images of young women from a wide range of sources to make the paintings and given each one a name from the list of the current most popular baby names.

 
   
   
   
 


The Merry Maidens installed at The Blind Spot, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, September 2017
 
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